The Mangalica Festival is still free for every visitor, therefore, the true value of the festival is the launch of some kind of free trade movement. Attendees can meet directly the breeders and producers from all over the country which means in most cases they can buy the goods from the people who actually produce it – and by leaving out the commercial chains benefit both the buyer and seller. The customers are guaranteed to get no fake goods as all products of the festivals are from checked stocks by the National Association of the Mangalica Breeders (MOE).
Exhibitors of the festival have a unified appearance as they sell their products from small wooden houses provided for them. The organizers of the festival support the small domestic goods producers (home-made jam, syrup, honey, oil, spices, cheese makers etc.) therefore they also get excellent market space at the event. This turned out to be a great success with the visitors and among the vendors as well.
In 2019, the 12th annual Mangalica Festival will be in Budapest in the heart of the city on Szabadság Square.
One of the most popular parts of the festival is usually the live animal exhibition where the organizers move 3-3 animals of the three kinds (blonde, red, and swallow-belly mangalica swine) and a mother sow with her baby pigs to the temporarily built corrals.
Every time, next to the breeders and the small goods producers the organizers give the opportunity to the Hungarian craftsmen and artists to introduce themselves in the „Hand-crafted Goods Street” of the festival.
Visitors can find on spot roasted whole pigs and locally made Mangalica products served with the finest Hungarian wines and schnapps while listening to live music concerts. The main attraction for attendees are the high-quality goods and products however guaranteeing the best experience the organizers provide live shows on the central stage all day long: authentic folk music, market comedy, gastro shows during the day and live music in the night. On Saturday there is the traditional kettle-made cooking contest.